The Transition and Establishment of the Kingdom

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Part Eleven – The Transition and Establishment of the Kingdom

 

When Satan tricked Eve in eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and then Eve encouraged Adam, to do likewise, three critical and negative changes took place in the localized Kingdom of God on earth (Gen. 3:1-7).

1) The original ruler became unfit to rule the Kingdom of God. God had warned Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:17) that if they broke this one commandment, they would die and they learned the reality of that warning the day they disobeyed. That death resulted in man being unfit to rule God’s Kingdom.

a. Man could longer be trusted to do God’s bidding: In Romans 2, we are told that when man was created in the image of God, God placed within him the law or righteousness of God. God gave that governing aspect of man a name. He called it the conscience. 

Rom 2:14-15, “For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them” NKJV

Paul’s brings out the point that even though the Gentiles in the past did not have the law of God in written form as did the Jews, yet they still had the law of God in the form of their conscience. Whenever they would go against the directives of their conscience, the conscience would indicate that they had sinned against God and thus they would feel the strong emotions of guilt, remorse, and shame. To remove these strong emotions and the misery they created man would seek to find ways to atone for their sins. Thus, even in the most remote parts of the world where people are totally removed from the Word of God, people practice some form of religion through which they hope they can make themselves acceptable to God. 

The original design of God was for the conscience to govern all the thoughts and actions of mankind. Because this conscience in its unfallen condition reflected the law of God therefore whatever man thought or did would be reflective of what God would do. Therefore in their righteous, unfallen state, they could truly be the governing representatives of God over the earth. God could completely trust them to do His will and His bidding. However, when man fell into sin, the man’s conscience lost it ability to properly guide man. No longer could man be expected to always do the will of God. In fact man would often go so contrary to his conscience he at times would reach the point of silencing the conscience all together. This was the idea of Paul when warning of future false teachers and prophets.

1 Tim 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” NKJV

In essence Paul was warning that the day would come when men, though they would know clearly God’s law, would so ignore and oppose it in their thoughts and deeds that they would no longer feel the guilt that comes from disobeying God. They would go forth in their sin having no remorse and would likewise take joy in the same sin committed by others as well.

Rom 1:28-2:1, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”

Therefore with the conscience of man no longer a perfect guide to the will of God, man was no longer fit to be king. 

b. Man no longer possessed the capacity to rule the world: As man died in disobeying God, he suffered a blow to his physical and mental capacity to rule. Man, even at his best is a pale comparison to what he was when he was originally created. Fallen man has neither the intellectual capacity nor the physical rigor necessary to rule a world full of fallen people and a cursed creation. A brief look at history will testify to this truth. 

History is filled with great men who backed by great empires and powerful armies have failed in their attempt to conquer the world. After WW I man established the League of Nations with the hope of establishing a world order to stop war and to care for the needs of the world. The failure of this League was clearly demonstrated as Hitler moved across Europe and Russia while Japan conquered one Pacific nation after another. After WWII, they established the UN with the hope of finally eradicating war, famine, and want. 65 years later we are no closer than to accomplishing those goals then when the UN was establish. In fact there have been few times in the world’s history where the security of a nation and the individual man are at as great a risk than in this generation. Even with our capacity as the greatest military power to ever inhabit this earth we find it impossible to guard our own boarders or to establish security and stability in weaker nations.

Man’s incapacity to rule the world will ultimately be tested when the Antichrist will bring the world under his control during the last 3½ of the Tribulation. With the power of Satan and the help of a false prophet, he will attempt to do what no man before him has ever done. What a miserable world this Antichrist will create and in the end he will leave a wake of destruction that will impact every nation and people on the earth. 

2) The Kingdom of God on earth could no longer be ruled by man. Man in falling not only lost the capacity to rule but his dominion lost its ability of submitting fully to the rule of its King. Paul writes of this event in Romans 8 (see Gen. 3:17-19).

Rom 8:19-24, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” NKJV

When man fell all of creation fell with him. It would no longer function as it was originally created too and so man would find it a difficult task to bring it under his dominion as well as to rule it in a correct manner. Let me give a few examples to illustrate this point.

a. Natural disasters: Because of the fall natural disasters would become an ongoing burden to man causing untold destruction and loss of life. As a result of the fall man would now have to face tornados, hurricanes, lightning, hail, drought, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, snow storms, extreme cold and heat, mud slides, sink holes, and the list could go on and on. Also due to the fall there would be less land mass that would be inhabitable for man. For example most of Northern Canada and Alaska are uninhabitable for most practical purposes due to the extreme cold of the Artic. The continent of Antarctica which is covered by up to two miles of ice was at one time a tropical paradise. We know this because buried under the ice has been found tropical vegetation. Today only a few make it home. But cold is not the only factor in making large masses of land uninhabitable. The Sarah Dessert grows larger by each year consuming land that at one time was fertile.

b. Natural limitations: God told Adam that due to his fall he would now find that the earth would not yield the bountiful harvest it had originally been designed to yield (Gen. 3:17-19). Man would find it would be work to grow food and often natural forces out of his control would limit the amount he could expect to harvest. He would have to contend with storms at the wrong times or lack of rain or cold temperatures or extreme heat. To add to his struggle would be the damage caused by insects and disease and competition with animals.

c. Natural threats: To add to man’s struggle, nature would now possess a threat to his existence. The animals he was to rule over often would take his life. Millions over the centuries have been killed by wild animals either through direct attacks or the diseases they carry. In an attempt to try restrict these threats, man has often brought these creatures to extinction leaving holes in the balance of nature. Man has also displaced animals from their original habitat, putting them in a new environment and in the process creating all kinds of problems. Hurricane Andrew released over 900 pythons into the Everglades from individual’s homes and in subsequent years these snakes have multiplied wiping out many species in the process.

d. Human disasters: man in his fallen condition will find that his ability to bring the earth into submission will result in him throwing off the balance of nature. Through farming he will create land erosion as well as making the land barren by stripping it of its nutrients. As he grows in population he forces animals to extinction and continues to gobble up more and more farmable land. He is responsible for polluting of the land, air and sea finding that the balance of nature an impossible dream.

3) The Throne of man was now occupied by someone else: Not much needs to be mentioned on this point as it has been well covered earlier. Man by submitting to the will of Satan in disobeying God, surrendered his throne of the earth to a fallen angel who has ruled the earth every since. 

I mention these three changes for this purpose. For God to fully restore the Kingdom on Earth, He had to correct all three of these changes to the original Kingdom. Those who believe that Israel is no longer under its covenant and that the Church has replaced Israel thus denying a literal future Kingdom have forgotten about this fact. For Christ to fully restore the Kingdom as He promised in Gen. 3:15, all three of these changes had to be righted. Without a literal future Kingdom there can be no complete restoration. This is a simple but profound fact.

The Bible tells us that at Christ’s First Coming, he died for man’s sin so that man might be restored to the righteous condition in which he was originally created. By doing this he will make man capable of ruling the Kingdom that God has given him. It is for this reason that we are told that those who believe in Christ will be changed to reflect that righteousness (1 Cor. 15:20-56; 1 Jn. 3:12). Having been changed, we will now be fit to rule and reign with Christ in the future (Rev. 20:4-6; 22:5; 2 Tim. 2:12).

Having restored the king of the earth, the next step in God’s program will be to restore the earth to its pre-sin condition. We already saw this declared in Rom. 8:19-24 however many other passages speak of this event.

Isa 11:6-9, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” NKJV

There is no way such a restoration can be explained as fulfilled during the church age. It must be concluded that the work of God as part of His work to totally restore the Kingdom. For more about this check under: ible Study Tools/Prophecy/”Transition Per. 1 and 2” as well as “Restored Land 1 and 2.”

Finally, the last thing that must be restored is to place man back on the throne and to do this God must dethrone Satan which He does at the end of the Tribulation. In Rev. 20:1-3, God sends forth an angel who seizes Satan and chains him for a thousand years in the pit of hell. Without their ruler, the fallen angels will loose the capacity and authority to rule in the spiritual realm over mankind. Therefore we as restored Saints will fill the positions previously held by Satan’s wicked angels. The man who will be King of the Kingdom and sit on its throne will be the God/man, Christ Jesus. 

What marvelous days await the Saints for we shall experience and know the full and complete restorative work of God.